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What type and what ratio of wieght/body weight do most of yhou use while spearfishing?
06-21-2003, 10:26 AM
it depends...if you wear a wetsuit, you usually add a pound or two...
i'm 6'0 and 155....i wear 4 lbs...
if i wear a 3mm wetsuit...i wear 6 lb...
do not overweigh yourself...
if your shallow diving...use more weight...
if your deep diving....use less weight...
06-21-2003, 03:40 PM
Itís kind of hard to tell just by looking at someoneís weight, some people are just more naturally buoyant than others. The best method Iíve found is to put on all of your gear, except weights and get into a pool. This includes you tank, which should be almost empty, maybe 100psi. Then keep adding weights until you sink to the bottom. This will be you minimum for fresh water. To the number you get add 1lbs for misc. and 2-4 more for the extra buoyancy you get in salt water. This has worked for most people that I know.
06-21-2003, 04:57 PM
he's a freediver...
06-21-2003, 05:02 PM
Originally posted by mushkee
he's a freediver...
In that case...take the weight of your body and divide by two. This should be be enough to start with. You may need to add more depending on how long you would like to be stuck to the bottom:D
Seriously though, I usually use enough weight to help start my descent, but not so much that I get tired trying to stay afloat for an hour or so. It really depends on your body, but three or four pounds is a good place to start for most people I would imagine.
06-21-2003, 05:50 PM
Damn, don't turn sideways, we might not be able to see ya!!!:D :eek:
06-21-2003, 06:05 PM
sorry, didn't look at the topic the thread was posted under. I just go to the active thread page.:o
06-21-2003, 09:23 PM
06-22-2003, 06:28 AM
That makes a little bit more sense!
06-22-2003, 01:47 PM
the best way to weight yourself, well you want to be able to float on the surface without any air in your lungs. Thats the easyest way i can say it. This should make you neutral around 30 feet and gives you alittle safty incase you black out near the surface.
with out a wet suit you may need a pound or 2 but not much more
i weigh 190 and with a 2 piece 3mm i use 6-8lbs
hope this helps
Thanks for the input. When younger, leaner, I used no weight and had no problem getting down or staying down. In my older, er I mean mature years, body fat wants to keep me floating and I cannot stay down well, hence the question about how you guys do it. I have 3-2lb wieghts coming to help remedy my bubble ars problem:D I'm 6' and 230 lbs. I got 6 lbs, because I think I'll get a 3mm shorty suit to keep the chill off. If I don't use the suit, I figured 4 lbs. would do it. I appreciate the feedback, I should be in the proper range I guess. Thanks again.
Oh, by the way, I have been checking into becoming certified in scuba for some time, I think I may take the plunge in about a month. Want to get my 13 year old son involved with diving and start him off right. I can't wait to start. :)
06-22-2003, 08:24 PM
Best way to get it right is get wet with all gear. 15ft. and rising at all times. Becareful of the pool method because saltwater is more boyant than freshwater. If you rise at 15ft. your fine.
06-23-2003, 05:57 AM
I wear 10 lbs I am 5' 10" and 180 lbs my suit is a 3-5-3 mm and I float untill about 25' then I am neutral. I have a 50" Riffe Mid Handle and have not had any problems with this setup.
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